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ABC Shrinks 'Dancing With the Stars,' Adds 14 New Shows

Network Joins Fox in Rethinking Parts of Traditional Broadcast Schedule

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ABC is adding 14 new shows to its schedule, shrinking mainstay "Dancing With the Stars" to one night to open Tuesdays up for a complete overhaul.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Credit: ABC

The network's strong development slate led to the decision to condense "DWTS" to Mondays, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said during a conference call with press ahead of the network's upfront presentation to ad buyers Tuesday afternoon. But fading ratings for the comeptition series undoubtedly also played a role.

With no "DWTS" results show on Tuesday, ABC is scheduling the much-hyped Joss Whedon "Avengers" spin-off "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." at 8 p.m., to be followed by fellow new entries "The Goldberg's," "Trophy Wife" and "Lucky 7."

Wednesdays will continue to be ABC's comedy block, however, with returning sitcoms "The Middle" and "Modern Family" remaining in their current time slots. "Back in the Games" and "Super Fun Night," starring Rebel Wilson, will join the lineup.

Thursday nights are dedicated to powerful women with the new "Once Upon a Time" spin-off, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," followed by new seasons of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."

Friday is ABC's destination for family viewing, Mr. Lee said. The network will leave "Last Man Standing" in its current time slot there but move "The Neighbors," an aliens-in-the-suburbs comedy that few expected to last, to join it.

Like Fox said yesterday that it planned to do, ABC said it will bring some innovation to its schedule, releasing batches of 12 episodes, taking breaks that will be filled with limited series like "Betrayal," and bringing fall series back for conclusions in the spring. Some limited series could turn into full seasons, Mr. Lee said, noting that "Scandal" was originally picked up for just seven episodes.

Mr. Lee added that ABC will leave some series like "Resurrection," "Killer Women," "Mixology" and "Suburgatory" for midseason, calling them quality shows that he did not want to get lost in the deluge of new fall programming. The entire season of "Mixology," from Ryan Seacrest, takes place over one night.

Fox said at its upfront presentation on Monday that it is looking beyond the traditional broadcast schedule, planning to roll out originals around the year, reducing its reliance on the typical 22-episode season and airing limited series such as "24" and "Wayward Pines."

MONDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars"
10:00 p.m. "Castle"

TUESDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
9:00 p.m. "The Goldbergs"
9:30 p.m. "Trophy Wife"
10:00 p.m. "Lucky 7"

WEDNESDAY:
8:00 p.m. "The Middle"
8:30 p.m. "Back in the Game"
9:00 p.m. "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. "Super Fun Night"
10:00 p.m. "Nashville"

THURSDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"
9:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
10:00 p.m. "Scandal"

FRIDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Last Man Standing"
8:30 p.m. "The Neighbors"
9:00 p.m. "Shark Tank"
10:00 p.m. "20/20"

SATURDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Saturday Night College Football"

SUNDAY:
7:00 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00 p.m. "Once Upon a Time"
9:00 p.m. "Revenge"
10:00 p.m. "Betrayal"

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